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Two lanes closed on M6 northbound near Carlisle

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A lane has been opened on the M6 northbound between junctions 43 and 44 as heavy winds continue to cause disruption on Cumbria’s roads.

The problems on this stretch of the motorway  follow a lorry overturning in high winds earlier this afternoon.

High sided vehicles are being diverted through Carlisle between junctions 43 and 44 as the operation to respond to the weather disruption continues.

Restrictions for high sided vehicles travelling south between these junctions are in place and these vehicles are being parked on the hard shoulder.

A collision has also happened on the southbound carriageway, about one mile before Tebay Services so drivers are warned of possible disruptions.

There are additional travel delays and problems in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria Constabulary are asking people to consider delaying travel to prevent them facing significant delays.

The M6 southbound is open but drivers are urged to exercise caution and to follow the advice on motorway matrix notices,

Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “We are getting a high number of calls about disruption, with trees down on some roads.

“We would urge people to be aware of their surroundings and take care.

“We would ask drivers to leave themselves plenty of time for travelling and to monitor local radio and websites for any travel information.

“Our advice to drivers is to slow down and to drive to the conditions you face.”

Incidents reported so far include:

  • Fallen trees in Queensway, Carlisle;
  • A tree down in Scaw Road, High Harrington;
  • A fallen tree in Southey Street, Keswick.

The A66 has been closed both ways to high sided vehicles from the Penrith junction of the M6 to Scotch Corner.

Supt Pannone added: “Cumbria Constabulary and our partner agencies, including Highways England and Cumbria County Council, will respond to incidents, prioritising the incidents based on their impact.”

Before starting your journey, please check your route.

If you see any problems on the roads, please contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 or if it is an emergency 999.

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